Public Safety Fireworks safety tips for your Fourth of July weekend

Fireworks safety tips for your Fourth of July weekend

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The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day. While you’re having fun with cookouts, bonfires, family gatherings and, of course fireworks, it is important that you consider some fireworks laws and safety tips from our State Fire Marshal.

Hoosiers should remember these following laws regarding fireworks when celebrating Independence Day:

  • The person setting off fireworks could be liable for damage on any property.
  • Fireworks may only be set off on the user’s property, on the property of someone who has consented to the use of fireworks or at locally-mandated special discharge locations. Not all communities designate a special discharge location.
  • Throughout the year, fireworks may only be used between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. Local ordinances may limit this further.
  • No local limitations may be placed on holidays and specially designated days listed below.
    • Specially designated days for fireworks use are June 29 through July 3 and July 5 through 9. On those days, fireworks may be used between 5 p.m. until two hours after sunset.
    • On holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day), fireworks may be used between 10 a.m. and midnight. 

Additionally, Hoosiers should consider these safety tips from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to prevent any accidents or injuries when celebrating with fireworks:

  • Never let children handle, play with, or light any fireworks without adult supervision.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
  • Use a clear, open area and keep the audience a safe distance from the shooting site.
  • Do not attempt to make or alter any fireworks device.
  • Only purchase and light 1.4G consumer fireworks. Examples include bottle rockets, roman candles and fire crackers.
  • Only light one firework item at a time and never attempt to re-light or fix a “dud” firework.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, water supply, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • Use extreme caution when lighting fireworks in the wind. Keep spectators where the wind is blowing away from them.
  • Never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while handling fireworks.
  • Never aim, point, or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Sparklers burn at extremely hot temperatures from 1200 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. Glow sticks make an excellent, safer alternative to sparklers, especially for young children.

Again have a safe weekend, enjoy your Fourth of July celebrations, and enjoy the rest of your summer.